Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 21st Jul 2012 23:06 UTC
In the News Okay, so this is entirely new to me. Sparrow is was an email client for Mac OS X and iOS (and Windows), which brought a decent Gmail experience to these platforms - as opposed to Apple's own not-so-good Gmail support and Google's Gmail iOS application which, well, is just a webpage. Google has now acquired Sparrow, and basically all hell has broken loose, to the point of Rian van der Merwe writing that 'we' lost "faith in a philosophy that we thought was a sustainable way to ensure a healthy future for independent software development, where most innovation happens".
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RE[10]: Comment by marcp
by marcp on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 21:57 UTC in reply to "RE[9]: Comment by marcp"
marcp
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2007-11-23

You know, it's not really about the fact that open source is thought about as the developer's tool. It's just one of possible mindsets. Others use it everyday as a final product, not just a minefield for testing new stuff before releasing it into the public as a close-sourced, binary product with branding.

Other thing is that there are really fundamental differences between open and free software. I was actually talking more about free, not open source software [or that's what I've been thinking of], while some of you may only think of it as an open source software. That brings a great deal of misunderstanding. Free software is usually being treated as the final product by the creators, open source may be just a minefield to others.

I think it underlines the problem pretty well.

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RE[11]: Comment by marcp
by lucas_maximus on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 22:31 in reply to "RE[10]: Comment by marcp"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Splitting hairs comes to mind for me.

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